Hello Devil Mountain Ultra & Demons of Dust runners,
With 10 days until race day, I hope that your training is on track, and that you are looking forward to running some sweet flowing single track in beautiful Fall weather.
We are looking forward to meeting you and sharing our world-class trail system with you.
Below is information pertaining to the race. It will also be available on the website www.joingecko.or/devilmountain and will be updated prior to the race with supplemental information.
Additional/New Race Distances: Demons of Dust
If you have friends, family or supporters coming with you to Pagosa Springs for the weekend of Devil Mountain. Please let them know that we have added two distances to the event. At 830am the Demons of Dust 5km, 10km and half marathon will leave from the same start/finish area. Registration online, Friday night or on the day http://www.joingecko.org/info.asp?uid=345
There is No DAY BEFORE or DAY OF sign up for the 50k or 50 mile! We will close online registration for the 50/50 midday Thursday 26th Sept so if you know someone on the fence let him or her know.
Bib / Packet Pick up
BIB / Packet Pick up will be held on Friday, September 27th at the Start/Finish line area from 4pm to 9pm. Access is via North Pagosa Blvd, turning left (West) along CO Rd 600/Piedra Rd for 1 mile. Turn left onto Co Rd 146/Forest Service Rd 629/Turkey Springs Rd for 2.2 miles. ID will be required for pick up.
THERE WILL BE NO PACKET PICK UP OR REGISTRATION FOR 50 MILERS OR 50 K’ERS ON THE MORNING OF THE RACE
5k, 10k and half-marathon runners may register on Friday, September 27th at the Start/Finish line area from 4pm to 9pm or on Saturday morning from 6:45 to 8:15am at the start/finish area. Only online entries are guaranteed a swag filled race bag.
Jaguar G-Chip – important information about your timing chip and race bib number
The Jaguar G-Chip is a disposable adhesive foam chip which has been placed on the back of your race number bib. It has been placed in location in accordance with the manufacturers specification.
To maximize the accuracy of your result at the race on Saturday, please be aware of the following instructions.
1. Only pin the top two holes of the bib to the front of your shirt, top, vest
2. Do not fold the number bib and wear it on your shorts
3. The number bib needs to be worn as high as practically possible. The manufacturer preference is to wear the bib at chest height
Race Start and Briefing times/Mandatory Check-in
For safety reasons there is a mandatory check in on Saturday morning before the race. ALL RUNNERS must check in before 615am on race morning.
The 50mile and 50k race will start at 6:30am sharp on Saturday 28th September. The race briefing will be held at 6:15am at the Start/Finish area.
The 5k, 10k, half-marathon will start at 8:30am sharp. The race briefing will be held at 8:15am at the Start/Finish area.
Directions and Parking
Start/Finish is the same as last year. Meadow at the junction of Turkey Springs Rd. and East Monument Rd.
Access is via North Pagosa Blvd, turning left (West) along CO Rd 600/Piedra Rd for 1 mile. Turn left onto Co Rd 146/Forest Service Rd 629/Turkey Springs Rd for 2.2 miles. ID will be required for pick up..
This is the easiest and safest route – the majority of navigational systems will direct you a longer, more arduous and potentially more “vehicle wrecking “ route.
Designated parking will be available at the Start /Finish area. We do encourage the use of car-pooling where practical.
The course has changed only slightly from last year. There will be more single track! An updated 50/50 course map will be uploaded onto the website shortly (last year’s are up as a guide) and the 5/10/half course maps are up already http://connect.garmin.com/course/4801852
On course Aid stations
Our aid stations will be stocked with Water, Clif Shot, Clif bars and Clif gel (thanks Clif Company!). There will also be snack foods like chips, fruit and candy. Aid stations are clearly marked on the maps online.
Drop bags will be available for aid #4/#7 (same aid, so one bag). Mile 23.5 and 45.4 (Headlamp/flashlight/warm clothes strongly suggested for this drop!) Drop bags need to be left at the start/finish area in the morning before the race.
Cut-off times for the 50mile race only
CUT OFF TIMES: 5.5hrs at Aid #4, mile 23.5 (12:00pm) and 8.5hrs at Aid #6, mile 37.5 (3:00pm)
This is a challenging run! The out and back section of the 50-mile course is incredibly beautiful and incredibly remote and really tough (especially the climb coming back to aid 7). For these reasons we will have a strict cut-off for runners departing aid 4 to embark on the 50 mile section.
Aid #4 @ mile 23.5 will have a 5.5 hour cut-off (may be tighter if weather gets bad). If you get to aid 4 after 5.5 hours you may not continue on the 50 mile section but may continue on to the finish as a 50k participant. *If you get to aid 4 before the cut-off and want to drop down to the 50k you will be allowed to do so. This change requires you to clearly notify the aid station of this intent, and also the finish line crew when you complete the run.
Adjustments may be made due to weather. Our intent is to have this cut-off ensure your safety for the very remote section of trail between 23.5 and 31.4 miles.
Aid 6, mile 37.5, Cut-off 8.5 hours.
We reserve the right to shorten cut-off times before or during the race due to weather and or safety concerns.
This is an iPod friendly race. However, because it is still a trail race with other people on the course (runners, horse riders, mountain bikers, other users) we ask that the use of these devices be done responsibly.
If there are a few tunes that you need to get you through a rough patch, then great, but please be respectful and mindful of your surroundings. The noise of the forest in early summer is always a better alternative.
Crew can get to aid 4 (please NO DOGS ALLOWED HERE), mile 23.5. It is a 6 mile drive on dirt road and then a 3/4 of a mile hike on closed dirt road, mellow but uphill all the way. For 50 milers this is also aid 7 at mile 45. Crew can also get to aid 5/6 mile 31 and 34ish. but it is a long way (hour or so) on dirt road. Drop bags for these two locations. We STRONGLY recommend the 50 milers have a light in aid 4/7 as many of you will finish in the dark. And, if you are slow but steady you would want a light at aid 5/6 (someone spent the night out there last year, we'd prefer to avoid that this year.) We suggest warm clothing for after dark as well.
An award ceremony for 5k, 10k and 1Ž2 marathon will be at the start/finish at 12:00pm or so. 50m/50k awards ceremony will be on Sunday morning and we will provide a pancake breakfast at the start/finish Sunday morning 9:00 a.m. There are handmade GECKO awards for all finishers, age group awards and winner trophies for overall winners.
Post race activities & Food availability
There will be a bonfire at the start/finish area at night to keep away the fall chill. There will also be water, Clif shot and Cheese burgers (thanks Pagosa Baking Company) free to runners and volunteers, donations from supporters and crew. In the morning there will be a pancake breakfast and coffee at the Awards presentation free for everyone who stays.
The start/finish area is a good distance away from any food vendors, shops or cafes. We recommend that you bring everything you might need with you, including any extra food or drink you may want post race or if you’re staying overnight for dinner, particularly if you have any special dietary requirements as there will be nothing available to buy.
Bring extra water for your washing and cooking as there are no ablutions facilities. Bring your own deck chairs and warm clothing as once the sun goes down the night will be chilly.
The Pagosa Springs REC centre in North Pagosa has generously offered their shower facilities to any runners wishing to clean up either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Opening hours are 8am-8pm Saturday and Sunday 9am – 9pm, and you will be required to show your race bib for free entry. Please bring your own towels and toiletries and they’ve asked that you leave your muddy runners in the car :)
Address: 45 Eagles Loft Circle Phone: (970) 731-2051
Primitive camping (no water, power, hook ups, etc) is available at and around the start/finish area and their will be portable race toilets). The forest service has asked that we request no individual fire pits in the general start/finish camping area. We will create a large “community” fire for those of you that want to hang out together for the late finishers. Come have a beer & burger and swap stories and cheer on the finishers
We do however, have three accommodation partners http://www.joingecko.org/info.asp?uid=356 offering 15% discount off for runners and their families, although there are many more accommodation options to be found at www.visitpagosasprings.com One person in your party may need to show a race bib to validate the discount code on arrival.
Current trail conditions, weather, final info will all be updated as race day approaches.
In the meantime please send me an email if you have any questions. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Now start to taper and rest up for “One hell of a run!”
Mike Le Roux